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AAPIs NEEDED to Interview for Educational Police Toolkit – PAID

15 Nov

Dear Community Members:

Greetings from Asian Media Access, we are working with Dr. Blong Xiong from University of MN to develop an educational kit for our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to better engage with the Police, and overcome the linguistic and communication style barriers.

We are seeking interviewees from AAPI community, if you are interested to participate, please review the following questions, and send a short e-mail to Maloney Yang , and we can set you up for an hour telephone interview with Dr. Blong Xiong, and we will send you a $20 Target Gift card to thank you for your participation.

For more information, please contact us at 612-376-7715 or Maloney Yang .
Domain Question Intent
Intro: How a person behaves when encountering with the police depends on his or her belief, attitude, expectation, and experience in the past…
1. In your opinion, when you think of police what comes to mind? (10 minutes)
a. Why?
b. What makes you say that?
c. Do you think others in your community share your view on this? To understand AAPI’s expectations and beliefs about the police
Intro: Coming to contact with the police can be a touchy situation. Thus, we want to understand how AAPIs would react when encountering with the police…

2. Have you had any physical contact with the police in the past?(When I said physical contact I meant arrest, questioning, raid, etc.)
a. If yes, can you describe what your experience was like?
b. Can you describe the exchange between you and the officer?
c. What was your reaction to the encounter?
d. Do you remember what you did or said during the encounter?
3. [For the noncontact participants] What do you think you should do when stopped by a police officer, especially for questioning or for an arrest?
4. [For everyone] What do you think people you know in your community should do when stopped by a police officer, especially for questioning or an arrest?
5. What should you do when a police officer wants to search you, your car, or your home?
Learn about how AAPIs behave or should behave when encountering with the police under different circumstances.Specifically, what AAPIs can do to prevent police’s encounters from becoming seriously detrimental to their safety.[1]
6. Now, please take a few minutes to read this case study and look over the questions before we discuss it [See handout]

7. When you were younger (child or teenager), did your parents talk to you about how to deal with the police?
a. Yes, what was the message?[2]

8. Have someone ever told you about how to handle yourself if you’re stopped or questioned by the police?
a. Yes, whom and what was the message?

9. Have you ever spoken to any young people, including your children, about how to handle themselves if they are stopped or questioned by the police?
a. Yes, what was the message?
Determine if the behavior people embodied when encountering with the police was a pattern and whether this should be something we need to focus on as part of the education.
Intro: Due to the model minority myth, we do not know much about the type of crimes (gun control and gun safety, gang violence, human trafficking, illegal gambling, and prostitution) that is being committed in the AAPI community. Based on your experience and observation…

1. Is there a particular crime concerns you the most in your community?
a. What about gun control and gun safety, gang violence, human trafficking, illegal gambling, and prostitution? Are these a concern to you? Are these a concern to your community?
2. Have you experienced these crimes in your community? How often?
3. Have you seen these crimes committed in your community?
a. What and how often?
4. What can be improved to stop these crimes from happening in your community?
a. Do you have any suggestions to ensure public safety?
b. Are there any suggestions for the police to prevent these crimes from happening in your community?
Which crime concerns which AAPI community the most?


Maloney Yang, Program Coordinator
Asian Media Access
2418 Plymouth Ave N.,
Mpls., MN 55411

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